New York Times
Lester M. Crawford, former chief of the Food and Drug Administration, was charged with conflict of interest and lying about stock he and his wife owned in companies the agency regulates. Crawford, who resigned abruptly in September 2005, just two months after his nomination had been approved by the Senate, is expected to plead guilty, said his lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder. Each of the two charges filed against Crawford, 68, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, but Van Gelder said she expected Crawford to be fined and placed on probation. Its his responsibility, she said, and he accepts it. Read the full story.